# A Closer Look At CMR, S.A.B. de C.V.'s (BMV:CMRB) Impressive ROE

Simply Wall St · 07/22 12:00

While some investors are already well versed in financial metrics (hat tip), this article is for those who would like to learn about Return On Equity (ROE) and why it is important. We'll use ROE to examine CMR, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:CMRB), by way of a worked example.

Return on equity or ROE is an important factor to be considered by a shareholder because it tells them how effectively their capital is being reinvested. In simpler terms, it measures the profitability of a company in relation to shareholder's equity.

Check out our latest analysis for CMR. de

## How To Calculate Return On Equity?

ROE can be calculated by using the formula:

Return on Equity = Net Profit (from continuing operations) ÷ Shareholders' Equity

So, based on the above formula, the ROE for CMR. de is:

20% = Mex\$75m ÷ Mex\$385m (Based on the trailing twelve months to March 2024).

The 'return' is the profit over the last twelve months. So, this means that for every MX\$1 of its shareholder's investments, the company generates a profit of MX\$0.20.

## Does CMR. de Have A Good ROE?

By comparing a company's ROE with its industry average, we can get a quick measure of how good it is. The limitation of this approach is that some companies are quite different from others, even within the same industry classification. Pleasingly, CMR. de has a superior ROE than the average (11%) in the Hospitality industry.

That's what we like to see. With that said, a high ROE doesn't always indicate high profitability. A higher proportion of debt in a company's capital structure may also result in a high ROE, where the high debt levels could be a huge risk . You can see the 3 risks we have identified for CMR. de by visiting our risks dashboard for free on our platform here.

## How Does Debt Impact Return On Equity?

Companies usually need to invest money to grow their profits. That cash can come from retained earnings, issuing new shares (equity), or debt. In the case of the first and second options, the ROE will reflect this use of cash, for growth. In the latter case, the debt required for growth will boost returns, but will not impact the shareholders' equity. That will make the ROE look better than if no debt was used.

## CMR. de's Debt And Its 20% ROE

It appears that CMR. de makes extensive use of debt to improve its returns, because it has an alarmingly high debt to equity ratio of 3.15. Its ROE is decent, but once I consider all the debt, I'm not really impressed.

## Summary

Return on equity is a useful indicator of the ability of a business to generate profits and return them to shareholders. In our books, the highest quality companies have high return on equity, despite low debt. All else being equal, a higher ROE is better.

But ROE is just one piece of a bigger puzzle, since high quality businesses often trade on high multiples of earnings. It is important to consider other factors, such as future profit growth -- and how much investment is required going forward. Check the past profit growth by CMR. de by looking at this visualization of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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